Sunday, June 19, 2011

Rye IPA with Greg

Earlier this month, I brewed up batch #11 - a Rye IPA that contained wheat, sugar, and Amarillo & Nelson Savin finishing hops. I brewed this up with a friend (Greg) from church at his house, while our wives looked on. My wife jumped in during a critical moment during the cooling process that helped save the day! We enjoyed an Iron Fist IPA (9am isn't too early to drink is it?) and some home made wine that Greg has been working on for a couple years). We used a White Labs Cal Ale 001 compliments of Hess Brewing. Thank you Greg for all the great photos below!

This IPA had an original gravity of 1.076, final gravity of 1.02,  ABV at 7.3%.
Here are the ingredients that this batch contained:
Grain Bill (16lbs total)
69%  11 lbs   2 Row Barley      
9%    1.5 lbs  Rye       
4%    10 oz    Crystal 40       
4%    10 oz    CaraPils       
4%    10 oz    Honey Malt       
4%    10 oz    Wheat - American       
6%    1 lb       Cane Sugar       

1 oz  Chinook       60 minutes
1 oz  Centennial   30 minutes
1 oz  Cascade       15 minutes
1 oz  Whirlfloc     15 minutes
1 oz  Amarillo      5 minutes
1 oz  Nelson Savin Whirlpooled for 10 minutes
2 oz  Nelson Savin Dry hop for 14 days 

 The operation!

 Heating water

 Two burners!

Doughed in

The ladies enjoying their morning tea and beer

Boiling the wort



Your's truly

More boiling wort

The ladies

Stone South Park Soft Opening

Stone South Park opened its doors for the first time to the public on Wednesday 6/15/2011. My wife and I had the opportunity to be one of the first few people in the door (#9 and #10 to be exact). We had a short wait at the door after the scheduled 4pm opening while they made their last minute preparations (the rumor that quickly circulated among the 20 or so people gathered outside was that it had something to do with setting up their cash register). Nonetheless, we made it inside quickly and had our 3oz tasting glass and flight of 4 tasters for $5 in hand quickly. The store filled up quickly in the hour or so that we were there. It was a very low key opening, oddly subdued for Stone's aggressive marketing strategy. I spoke with Chris from Stone about it and the goal is to ease into the South Park neighborhood and show that they are not just another bar, that they won't be loud and obnoxious to the neighbors, and that they are there to support the craft beer scene in South Park, not compete with it. This explains why they will only be offering growler fills and one tasting flight per person per day - no pints. The only thing that would have made the soft opening a little better would have been some music. Supposedly, that was supposed to get set up later, but it didn't happen by the time we left.